FMB: UK bricklayer shortage continues

Posted: 28 Apr 2015 11:49:39 GMT

            Property News - FMB: UK bricklayer shortage continues

An ongoing shortage in qualified bricklayers could have a significant impact on house building rates across the country, the FMB has warned.

An ongoing shortage of skilled bricklayers in the UK has been highlighted by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), with the body concerned that a lack of support in this area could jeopardise future house building plans.

The results of the FMB’s latest State of Trade Survey for Q1 2015 showed almost two-thirds (62 per cent) of UK construction firms are now having to wait up to two months for new brick orders to be filled, while 16 per cent are facing delays of between six and eight months.

FMB chief executive Brian Berry argued a failure to address this problem could have a far-reaching effect for the UK construction sector in the coming years, as well as placing excessive pressure on an already stretched property market, with the demand for new homes far the number that can be delivered.

"To ensure we have an ample supply of skilled workers in the future, the next government must ensure it sets the right framework in terms of apprenticeship funding and apprenticeship standards," Mr Berry stated. "Also more construction firms ... need to willingly engage with training."

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